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Tulowitzki, Rockies take DH from Mets, sweep series

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NEW YORK -- The thing that Troy Tulowitzki loves most about the Colorado Rockies is that nobody is hung up on individual statistics. So long as the team wins, everybody is happy.

They've been winning a whole lot lately.

The numbers Tulowitzki is putting up have a lot to do with it.

The sweet-swinging shortstop clobbered home runs in each game of a doubleheader Thursday, and the Rockies wrapped up a four-game sweep of the New York Mets in style. They won the opener 6-5, hanging on through a wild ninth inning, before taking the second game 9-4.

"A lot of times you can come on the road, you get down late -- sixth, seventh inning -- and you shut it down, get ready to go home," Tulowitzki said. "This team doesn't do that at all.

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"We're a bunch of guys who don't quit," he said. "I'll take that over a more talented team that cares about individual stats and things like that any day."

Ironically, stats are the best way to describe the stellar series Tulowitzki just had.

He went 10 for 16 with eight RBI, homering in each of the four games against New York. The 26-year-old also scored five times and drew four walks against balky Mets pitching.

"Am I shocked by it? No," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "When he gets hot, he's a very, very dangerous player."

And the Rockies are a very dangerous team.

Off to its best start in franchise history, Colorado (10-2) has won five straight and 10 of 11 overall, the lone defeat coming against Pittsburgh in extra innings.

Meanwhile, the Mets (4-9) have lost five straight and eight of nine.

"Depressing," manager Terry Collins said. "We're better than this and we'll play better than this. I still believe we're going to straighten this out."

Greg Reynolds (1-0) won Game 1 despite a couple shaky innings, and Jorge De La Rosa (2-0) held on long enough in the second game for the Rockies' offense to deliver his win.

The Rockies spotted the Mets 2-0 leads in both games -- in fact, New York has scored first in six straight games while winning just once -- before pouring it on.

In the opener, Seth Smith got Colorado within 2-1 with an RBI in the fifth, and the Rockies went ahead for good in the sixth. Scott Hairston inexplicably stopped chasing Jose Morales' fly ball to right, letting it bounce off the warning track for a two-run double.

Colorado added three more runs in the seventh when Carlos Gonzalez drove a 2-2 pitch from R.A. Dickey (1-2) into the right-field seats for his first home run of the year. Tulowitzki followed the two-run shot with a homer of his own off Bobby Parnell.

Jose Reyes homered for the Mets in the eighth, making it 6-3, and Huston Street came on in the ninth to close things out. He gave up a two-run shot to Hairston, a walk to Josh Thole and a single to pinch hitter Carlos Beltran before Matt Lindstrom came in from the bullpen.

He got Reyes to ground into a fielder's choice, then walked Daniel Murphy to load the bases for David Wright, who flied out to the warning track in right field to end the game.

Game 2 didn't have nearly as much drama.

New York again took a 2-0 lead on the first career RBI for longtime minor leaguer Mike Nickeas, after a strange play in which a fan hanging over the railing appeared to touch a drive by Hairston that hit off the orange line on the fence that marks a home run. The umpire crew ruled the play a double, then upheld the decision after watching a video replay.

Nickeas cleared the bases anyway with his double moments later.

The Rockies tied it in the third on Dexter Fowler's RBI single and Gonzalez's run-scoring grounder, and the Mets pulled back ahead in the fourth on Reyes' two-run single.

Tulowitzki led off the sixth with a solo shot to left, Todd Helton added a one-out single, and Ryan Spilborghs singled to right on a ball Beltran misplayed. Iannetta walked to load the bases for De La Rosa, who chopped a grounder to Brad Emaus at second. He fumbled the play and could only get the runner at second, allowing Helton to score and the inning to continue.

The miscue, one of several by the Mets' defense, proved costly.

Fowler lashed a single through the left side to give Colorado a 5-4 lead and knock Chris Capuano (1-1) from the game. Taylor Buchholz then served up a plumb pitch to Jonathan Herrera, who hit a three-run homer to right field, the second of his career.

The Rockies added another run off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning.

"They're swinging the hot bats right now, especially Tulowitzki," Capuano said. "He's covering both sides of the plate pretty well."

Notes

  • The Rockies optioned Reynolds to Triple-A Colorado Springs and purchased the contract of RHP Alan Johnson between games. They also transferred Aaron Cook to the 60-day DL.
  • Mets RHP Chris Young (right biceps tendinitis) threw a bullpen session before the game. His start Friday in Atlanta has been pushed back to Sunday.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki (right) hits HR No. 2 of the day to help the Rockies (10-2) take all four games of the series from the Mets. (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki (right) hits HR No. 2 of the day to help the Rockies (10-2) take all four games of the series from the Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Herrera
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

M. Nickeas
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5222020 .280
Jonathan Herrera, 2B5123010 .458
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5111020 .260
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4121100 .364
Ty Wigginton, 3B4011000 .200
Todd Helton, 1B5130015 .345
Ryan Spilborghs, RF5110014 .200
Chris Iannetta, C3110110 .207
Jorge De La Rosa, P3101011 .286
    Matt Reynolds, P1000010 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Felipe Paulino, P0000000 .000
Totals409139210  
Batting
2B - Chris Iannetta (3, Capuano)
HR - Jonathan Herrera (1, Buchholz), Troy Tulowitzki (7, Capuano)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (5), Jonathan Herrera 3 (3), Carlos Gonzalez (10), Troy Tulowitzki (14), Ty Wigginton (4), Jorge De La Rosa (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler (1), Jonathan Herrera 3 (3)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (2, 2nd base off Capuano/Nickeas)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Todd Helton (1, Dropped fly)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (W,2-0) 6.2544470 3.18
Matt Reynolds 0.2000000 4.15
Rafael Betancourt 0.2000000 4.05
Felipe Paulino 1000020 1.59
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 116-69, Matt Reynolds 7-5, Rafael Betancourt 10-7, Felipe Paulino 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 4-10
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 30, Matt Reynolds 2, Rafael Betancourt 2, Felipe Paulino 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5012001 .328
Angel Pagan, CF4000011 .188
David Wright, 3B2010200 .308
Carlos Beltran, RF4000023 .256
Ike Davis, 1B3100121 .304
Scott Hairston, LF3110000 .174
   a- Willie Harris, PH-LF1000000 .265
Brad Emaus, 2B4110003 .200
Mike Nickeas, C2112101 .200
   b- Josh Thole, PH1000010 .263
Chris Capuano, P1000011 .333
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   c- Chin-lung Hu, PH1000011 .125
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   d- Daniel Murphy, PH1000010 .222
Totals3245449  
a-flied out for Hairston in the 8th
b-struck out for Nickeas in the 9th
c-struck out for Buchholz in the 6th
d-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Wright (5, De La Rosa), Scott Hairston (1, De La Rosa), Mike Nickeas (1, De La Rosa)
SH - Chris Capuano (1)
RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (5), Mike Nickeas 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (4)
SB - David Wright (2, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Mike Nickeas (1)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano (L,1-1) 5.2877251 8.76
Taylor Buchholz 0.1111001 2.57
Ryota Igarashi 1100010 0.00
Jason Isringhausen 1000020 0.00
Francisco Rodriguez 1311020 3.86
HBP - Wigginton (by Chris Capuano)
WP - Ryota Igarashi (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 101-62, Taylor Buchholz 8-6, Ryota Igarashi 15-12, Jason Isringhausen 9-7, Francisco Rodriguez 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 6-6, Taylor Buchholz 1-0, Ryota Igarashi 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 28, Taylor Buchholz 2, Ryota Igarashi 4, Jason Isringhausen 3, Francisco Rodriguez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 25758
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Cory Blaser